Lingual Wire vs. Vivera Retainer


Retainer Marietta GAWhen you finish your orthodontic treatment in Marietta, Georgia and have the straight teeth you’ve always wanted, you’ll want to ensure that your smile stays that way.  To help prevent relapse, you’ll need to wear a retainer. Typically, there are two kinds of maintenance protocols that are used.  The first is a lingual wire, and the second is a Vivera retainer.

Lingual Wires

Also known as fixed or bonded retainers, a lingual wire is a thin piece of straight, or braided wire that spans across the width of the backside of your front teeth.  Your Marietta orthodontist will bond the wire to each of your teeth (or the ones on the ends of the wire) to hold it in place, in turn locking the teeth in place and keeping them from moving. (more…)

Vivera Retainers for Orthodontic Retention


Retainer Marietta GAAfter undergoing a teeth-straightening procedure like Invisalign, wearing a Vivera retainer is a great way to maintain your new smile. The clear, plastic trays look much like the Invisalign trays themselves, and are the top choice for keeping your teeth in their new aligned positions.

Why Choose Vivera Retainers?

An after ortho maintenance protocol isn’t limited to Vivera retainers. However, they are the method we choose due to the following reasons: (more…)

Preventing Orthodontic Relapse


Woman Pointing at Her New Braces Marietta GAGoing through orthodontic treatment in Marietta takes time, money, and energy. You worked hard to get your new smile just right.  The last thing you’ll want is for your teeth to get crooked again. Yet, without the right plan of action, it is possible to experience relapse.

Retention Methods

Once you’ve completed treatment at East Cobb Orthodontics in Marietta, GA you’ll begin to use some form of retention appliance to hold your teeth in their new positions. Two of the most common ways to do this is with a: (more…)

How Long Do I Need to Wear My Retainer?

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Marietta GA OrthodontistsWell, you’ve finally finished your orthodontic treatment. Congratulations on sticking it out! You’ve got an incredible new smile that you can show off with confidence.

The next step is to maintain that smile and preserve all the time and effort you put into it. This includes keeping up a steady routine of excellent oral hygiene. It probably also means wearing some type of a retainer – but long do you have to have a it for?

Why Wear A Retainer

Especially for the first month after orthodontic treatment your teeth are prone to relapsing. This is because the bone around your teeth still has to stabilize as it adjusts to the shape of your new bite. All of that time and hard work can be lost if your teeth aren’t kept in proper alignment! Even years after you have braces your teeth will still be inclined to shift out of position.

Every Situation is Unique

Your orthodontist will work with you to decide which kind of retainer is best for your bite. No two patients’ needs are alike! You may only be advised to wear a removable retainer at night. Some only need to wear a retainer for about the same amount of time that they wore braces. Others need to wear their retainer for life or risk losing their even smile.

Your safest bet is to wear your retainer for as long as you want to keep your straightened smile!

Protect the investment of time and expense you put into having a straight, healthy, beautiful smile. A retainer could be your key to doing so! Visit East Cobb Orthodontics to get the personalized recommendations you need for keeping your smile stellar for life.

Post on behalf of Dr. John Iaculli, East Cobb Orthodontics
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